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Old 05-14-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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West Virginia is the most Eastern of the Midwest, the Northern of the Southern, the Southern of the Northern and most Western of the Eastern States.

But I personally would not call WV a midwestern state. (although Wheeling and Weirton have a sort of midwestern feel to them)
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE (via SW Virginia)
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I don't see how in the world people can claim that KY or WV are "midwestern." NOT being on the eastern seaboard doesn't mean that your midwest. I don't know ANYone that would say...."I'm going to head out to the midwest.....in West Virginia........."
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I agree. I've basically never heard of anyone calling WV part of the Midwest.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:38 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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I don't see how in the world people can claim that KY or WV are "midwestern." NOT being on the eastern seaboard doesn't mean that your midwest. I don't know ANYone that would say...."I'm going to head out to the midwest.....in West Virginia........."
Kentucky is Southern. West Virginia is literally the only state in the continental United States that doesn't firmly fit into one region or another. The northern third is interior Northeast; the southern third is the South, and the middle third is something in between.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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like i said above, you and I have a lot of overlap. yes, I do agree that Missouri in many ways fits into the midwest. It's that whole slave slave and the southern end of the state leaning southward that gives me some pause. I realize that the portions of IL, IN, and OH along the Ohio River have a connection to the south, but to me it is a lot less part of the character of the states, all 3 of which are solidly midwestern.

for example, I'd consider both Louisville and St. Louis to have much more of a southern feel than does Cincinnati.
Louisville yes, but St. Louis????!!!!!! No way! Politically Cincinnati is waaaaaay more conservative than STL. Just curious what makes you say that? Culturally and socially speaking, St. Louis is MUCH more like Cleveland than Cincinnati.

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Old 05-14-2013, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Louisville yes, but St. Louis????!!!!!! No way! Politically Cincinnati is waaaaaay more conservative than STL. Just curious what makes you say that? Culturally and socially speaking, St. Louis is MUCH more like Cleveland than Cincinnati.
i guess i wasn't thinking about liberal and conservative. I think much of Ohio tends to be conservative. Columbus (which is definitely a northern city) is fairly conservative. and I can think of areas in the South that tend to be liberal.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: 304
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As a West Virginian I can see where parts of our state resemble the mid-west. I know that along the Ohio Valley and around the Charleston area it feels rust belt/mid-western. I wouldn't call the whole state part of the mid-west because the southern counties are very much like Virginia and the northern counties are like PA. If I had to give it a region I would give it a North East designation geographically with a little bit of southern culture thrown in.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:50 PM
 
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I agree. I've basically never heard of anyone calling WV part of the Midwest.
I don't think either WV or Kentucky is midwestern, ANY MORE. But the fact is that the original usage of the term "Middle West" refers to the middle (on a North-South axis) of what was then "the West":

West Virginia
Kentucky
Tennessee
Missouri
Kansas territory (which extended to Denver)
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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Culturally and socially speaking, St. Louis is MUCH more like Cleveland than Cincinnati.
Finally we agree...
and I got flamed for like 15 pages for suggesting that very thing.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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